By Gabriel Ramirez
64 years of family ownership
• Sinaloa Spanish Food opened May 3, 1948 by Mike and Annie Munoz at 620 E. 19th St. — current home of Wool Growers Restaurant in Old Town Kern.
• Mike and Annie moved to the current location in 1957, and purchased the building in 1962 from Susie Antongiovanni and her husband.
• In the early 1960s, the name was changed to Sinaloa Mexican Restaurant.
• Ellen M. Baker Tracy, Col. Thomas Baker’s widow, donated two acres of land to the City of Bakersfield, and in 1909, the Kern County Children’s Shelter was built on what now is the corner of 20th and P streets. The small handprints can still be seen in the concrete steps of the building’s entry and serve as a vivid reminder of the building’s original occupants. Other businesses that have operated out of the building were Susie’s Cafe, Flor d’ Italia, and Il Travatore Italian Restaurant.
• No, the building is not haunted!
• 14 current employees
• Most popular dishes: tacos, enchiladas with rice and beans, chili verde and beef fajitas.
• Most popular drinks: margarita and spicy jalapeno Long Island iced tea
• Sinaloa uses local suppliers including Pyrenees French Bakery French bread, La Bonita, Inc. tortillas, and Andrade Egg Ranch eggs.